Gas tanker catches fire in Lagos, causing panic

Saturday, pedestrians and motorists fled the Doyin Bus Stop, Orile-Coker Aguda Local Council Development Area, LCDAs, of Lagos State after a completely loaded gas tanker caught fire.

According to a witness who identified himself as Mr. David Aloy, the incident began around 8:30 p.m. as the rescue team fought to extinguish the blazing blaze.

"The gas tanker broke down in the area, and while it was being repaired, a sudden fire broke out, engulfing the vehicle. Passersby fled in various directions for safety, while others helped put out the raging blaze before the state fire and rescue service arrived.

Permanent Secretary of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, LASEMA, Dr. Femi Oke-Osanyintolu, confirmed the incident and stated that no fatalities were reported.

Oke-Osanyintolu stated, "At 8:30 p.m., the Agency received a distress call regarding a fire outbreak at the above-mentioned location, which prompted the immediate dispatch of the emergency response team and the Agency’s fire service to the scene of the incident.

"According to eyewitnesses, a fire destroyed a full gasoline tanker.

The cause of the fire has yet to be determined. Thankfully, there were no fatalities or casualties associated with the incident.

"The agency’s response team, which includes the Lagos State Fire Service, the Federal Fire Service, and the Police, is collaborating to extinguish the fire.

In the meantime, efforts continued to contain the spreading fire, the origin of which was unknown at the time of publication.